Date(s): Jan. 26 - Mar. 16
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Thursdays)

**This class meets on Zoom**

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) focuses on cultivating self-compassion in community.  MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to provide a powerful tool for emotional resilience.  Research has shown that self-compassion greatly boosts emotional well-being and happiness and reduces anxiety and depression.

In this group-learning environment, we will engage in meditation, reflective exercises, and interactive discussions in both large and small groups, with exploration of daily life experience and practice.  We seek to create a safe refuge, where participants can contemplate, share authentically, listen deeply, and compassionately receive each other and our whole selves.  Practicing compassion in community this way can powerfully insulate us from a sense of separation and help heal grief and trauma caused by systemic oppression.

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
-Audre Lorde

The Mindful Self-Compassion for BIPOC sessions will deepen our capacity to meet our individual and collective experience with awareness, compassion, and resilience, as well as strengthen our sense of common humanity.

The course consists of nine weekly 2.5 hour sessions in an online classroom/discussion group plus a 4-hour retreat.  This format offers an extended opportunity to deepen and integrate these practices into our lives.

Teacher Bios:

Elizabeth Hernandez-Stomp, CPC

Elizabeth Hernandez-Stomp, CPC (she/hers), is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher and facilitator from the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, a graduate of InsightLA’s Facilitator Training Program, and a certified transformational life coach and energy leadership index master practitioner from the iPEC Coaching Institute. In addition, Elizabeth is certified in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, CA. She is also a part of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program and InsightLA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. She has been a dedicated mindfulness meditation practitioner since 2012.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater, Communications, and Literature from the University of Sacred Heart, Puerto Rico, and the University of Miami, Florida.

She is committed to sharing the practices of mindfulness meditation, mind-heart practices, compassion, and loving-kindness for those who wish to find refuge, inner peace, and happiness in their lives. Currently, she is offering Mindfulness Meditation sitting groups in Spanish and English at InsightLA Meditation Center and the University of Southern California (USC).

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Dina Abou Aish, Ed.D

Dina Abou Aish is an educator and mindfulness teacher.  She holds a doctorate degree in education and teaches methods and social emotional learning at the college level and to school faculties throughout the Los Angeles area.  She is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and works collaboratively in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB).  She also received training in mindfulness facilitation from InsightLA, as well as the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.  She teaches mindfulness and compassion practices at colleges and universities, public schools, insight and wellness centers, NGOs supporting refugees internationally, spaces for the unhoused, detention centers, as well as for individuals privately.  She enjoys daydreaming, painting, writing, conscious movement, laughter, being in nature and all things creative.

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"BIPOC Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with Dina Abou Aish and Elizabeth Hernandez"
Please check your calendar before registering - this class is on Thursdays from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Reservations are closed for this event. There is no waiting list.

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